How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Programming Skills

Being able to display tables on your pages can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t do, such as giving you the option to create tables without having to learn code.

Although you can add tables manually to your content in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical WordPress users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and creating tables is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and add tables into your content without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

How To Create And Insert Tables In WordPress

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to create and add tables in WordPress using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables  With WordPress

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple interface that allows you to easily edit your table data. You can add any kind of data, even formulas to your tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for site users. You can insert tables into your pages and blog posts using shortcodes and even display these using text widgets.

You can also import and export tables from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

TablePress was created by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress with TablePress, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress

After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu item has been added to your main menu called TablePress

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress With No Coding Skills Required

Click on TablePress and select Plugin Options from the submenu list …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Easily Without Touching Code

The “Plugin Options” area controls your plugin styling and display settings …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can change where the TablePress menu entry appears on your Dashboard menu.

Normally, the menu item appears somewhere around the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu item close to the top of your admin menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

The TablePress menu item will now show towards the top area of the menu list …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also play with other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” tab, such as table formatting styles, default language, etc. Leave the default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted within the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your posts. The tables will then display or update after republishing or saving your pages or posts.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily modify the information inside your tables without having to manually edit your posts. The plugin then updates all of your table data everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

Enter a table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want for your new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

Once the new table is created, it will get added to the “All Tables” list and be assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily add tables anywhere inside a post or page simply by inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to be displayed …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily Without Coding Skills

Once you have created a new table, adding content to the table is really easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click inside the cell and type or paste your content. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. add bold text, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can select the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

You can also modify your table content after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can insert images and links, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate selected columns and rows, add new columns and rows, combine cells, etc …

How To Create And Add Tables To Your Content

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables that will allow your visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows showing on your posts (and also allow users to specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

How To Insert Tables  In WordPress

You can preview your table anytime, by clicking on the Preview button …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

A preview window will open displaying your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your table is published …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Content

Click the Save Changes button when finished to save your new table data …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

To view a list of all the tables you have created go to TablePress > All Tables

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

A list of all the tables you have created will be displayed in this screen. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, delete, export and preview your tables …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

Using The Shortcode

You insert a table into any posts and pages using the TablePress shortcode.

Get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below the table title to get the shortcode …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress content editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want your table to be inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add a table when working in the “Text” area of the editor …

How To Add Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily Without Touching Code

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all existing tables.

Select the table you want to add to your post or page and click Insert Shortcode

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

Your table and table contents will display as soon as you publish your post or page …

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit information after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more data to an existing table, just export your current table, then add new items, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your exported file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the WP admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) you want to export (you can select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the file to your hard drive …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

After editing and resaving your table file, you can then re-import your table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, go to the Dashboard menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file resembling a webpage, or its own JSON format.

To import a table, select and enter the import source in the “Import Tables” section. You can import multiple tables from compressed (ZIP) files and choose whether to import a table as a new table or to replace an existing table.

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

To learn more about using the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for extra features, or get technical support for the plugin, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and add tables into your page content.

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